Agricultural and Rural Services

Cheffins’ Rural Professional team acts for landowners, farmers and managers both nationally and regionally, providing professional advice on all aspects of farming, energy, rural and agri-businesss activity. Our Farm Agency team advise on buying and selling land; letting and managing agricultural properties as well as dealing with rent reviews, tenancies, valuations and advising on compensation claims.

Farm Business Consultancy

Cheffins’ Rural Professionals offer a full range of farm business consultancy services from business appraisals, budgeting and strategic business planning to day to day administration and farm management.

Farming Agreements

Cheffins has experience and expertise in setting up and managing all types of farming arrangements. We offer consultancy advice on Agriculutural Holdings Act legislation, Farm Business Tenancies, Contract Farming Agreements, Cropping Licences and other joint ventures.

Land & Farms Agency

Cheffins’ Land & Farms Agency team has extensive experience in buying and selling land and farms across the Eastern region for farmer-buyers, investors and lifestyle-purchasers. For those purchasing land as an investment, we can offer a full management advisory service both prior and post sale.

Valuations

Cheffins’ RICS qualified valuers provide valuations and advice for the purposes of capital tax planning, insurance, inheritance tax, business restructuring, purchases, rental agreements and bank lending.

Subsidies & Schemes

Basic Payment Scheme

Our Rural Professional team is experienced in EU legislation and has extensive practical knowledge of the Basic Payment Scheme. We are expert at implementing and managing the schemes to their full potential and expediting payment on behalf of our clients.

Countryside Stewardship and Rural Grant Funding

The Countryside Stewardship Scheme was introduced in 2016 as a replacement for Entry and Higher Level Stewardship. The CSS is competitive and the extensive knowledge and experience of our Rural Professional team ensures the best chance of a successful application for our clients.

There are also a number of rural grant schemes available to farmers and landowners who are seeking to diversify their farm business or make improvements. Our close working relationship with Local Enterprise Partnerships, LEADER Groups and the Rural Payments Agency ensures our clients can maximise these opportunities.

Renewable Energy

We provide farmers and landowners with independent, impartial advice on renewable energy projects and the emerging opportunities for energy storage facilities. We work closely with indpendant consultants to undertake site feasibility studies and advise if the grid connection rights for the technology most suitable for your site are compatible with prevailing market conditions ensuring that you select the most advantageous renewable energy scheme.

Planning & Development

Cheffins Planning and Development team advise farmers and land owners to identify the best sites for planning opportunities. We aim to deliver the most cost-effective, viable and profitable solution for projects against a background of planning opportunities that have opened up recently for conversion of agricultural buildings and promotion of strategic land. 

We advise clients on the most appropriate development agreements including Options, Promotion Agreements, Conditional Contracts or Joint Ventures depending on the individual circumstances of each scheme. 

We also provide advice on occupancy conditions on ancillary residential properties to enable the sale or occupation of secondary dwellings where such restrictions no longer serve any useful planning purpose.

Estate Management

Cheffins Estate Management team offer a full consultancy and advisory service from strategic reviews to practical management services to maximise the financial capacity of the estate. Working for private individuals, charities, colleges, trusts and institutions, we deliver the best solutions to achieve the personal and business objectives of each respective client.

Mapping

Accurate mapping is critical to a number of land and property transactions. Cheffins’ Rural Professional team is trained to use modern OS mapping technology to produce a range of maps tailerd to clients' specific requirements. 

Cheffins Agricultural & Rural Contacts

Mark Catley, Cheffins

Mark Catley

Consultant, FRICS FAAV

Commercial; Agricultural and Rural

Email: mark.catley@cheffins.co.uk

Tel: 01223 271925

Simon Gooderham, Cheffins

Simon Gooderham

Director

Managing Partner (Operations)

Email: simon.gooderham@cheffins.co.uk

Tel: 01223 271952

Catherine Hackshall, Cheffins

Catherine Hackshall

Assistant Rural Surveyor

Agricultural and Rural

Email: catherine.hackshall@cheffins.co.uk

Tel: 01223 271991

Michael Hamilton, Cheffins

Michael Hamilton

Director, FRICS FAAV

Rural Professional

Email: michael.hamilton@cheffins.co.uk

Tel: 01223 271957

Katie Hilton

Katie Hilton

Agricultural and Rural

Email: katie.hilton@cheffins.co.uk

Tel: 01223 271959

Bill King, Cheffins

William King

Director

Chairman

Email: william.king@cheffins.co.uk

Tel: 01353 886017

Ralph Knight

Trainee Rural Practice Surveyor

Agricultural and Rural

Email: ralph.knight@cheffins.co.uk

Tel: 01353 662405

Edwin Lee, Director, Ely, Cheffins

Edwin Lee

Director, FRICS FAAV

Rural Professional

Email: edwin.lee@cheffins.co.uk

Tel: 01353 654900

Jennifer Millard, Cheffins, Ely

Jennifer Millard

Associate, MRICS

Rural Professional

Email: jennifer.millard@cheffins.co.uk

Tel: 01353 662405

Jonathan Stiff, Cheffins, Ely

Jonathan Stiff

Director, Head of Rural Division

Rural Professional

Email: jonathan.stiff@cheffins.co.uk

Tel: 01353 654915

Ed Tabner

Edward Tabner

Associate, MRICS, FAAV

Rural Professional

Email: edward.tabner@cheffins.co.uk

Tel: 01353 654922

Giles Turton

Associate, MRICS FAAV

Rural Professional

Email: giles.turton@cheffins.co.uk

Tel: 01223 271979

Peter Walker, Cheffins, Cambridge

Peter Walker

Farm Management Consultant

Agricultural and Rural

Email: peter.walker@cheffins.co.uk

Tel: 01223 271996